Explore Tortola and surrounding BVI islands on a yacht charter
Floating amongst the pristine isles and sparkling blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, the idyllic island of Tortola – known around the world as a sailor’s paradise – is both the largest, and most serene, of the British Virgin Islands.
Dotted with lush, mountainous terrain and rolling hills covered in colorful bougainvillea, Tortola is the perfect destination for yacht charter guests seeking an escape that is equal parts relaxing and adventurous.
If you’re in the mood to explore, walk through the island’s winding streets to peruse handmade crafts in artisan shops, grab an island drink in popular bars or stroll through local markets. Looking for something more active? Head to the water for early-morning surfing lessons, take a sunset sail or swim to the sea floor to see centuries-old shipwrecks at the bottom of the Caribbean Sea. In a place as magical as Tortola, your wish is the island’s command.
Things to Do and See in Tortola
The result of mythical legends of pirate adventures, the capital of Road Town is the center of life in Tortola; boasting everything from commercial and government centers, to exclusive beaches and secluded coves. Catering to the yachting community with a range of festivals and regattas each year – like the annual BVI Spring Regatta, which attracts boating enthusiasts from across the globe – Road Town ’s expansive and beautiful harbor is one of the most popular in all of the British Virgin Islands. Draped end-to-end in tropical verdure, Road Town is also a cultural and international city; welcoming travelers from all over the world who seek a destination that is equal parts nautical and luxurious. Most crewed yacht charters in the British Virgin Islands start in or around Road Town.
Cane Garden Bay
Just over the mountain from Road Town, the beautiful Cane Garden Bay is the meeting point of lush, rolling terrain and glittering turquoise-blue waters. Home to a coast like no other, Cane Garden Bay’s beaches are ranked as some of the best in the British Virgin Islands – and remain a hotspot for yacht charter guests, adventurers, sunbathers, and romantic couples looking for a tranquil place to go horseback riding or stroll along the sand.
Smuggler’s Cove Beach
Located at the far west end of Tortola, Smugglers Cove is an oasis of soft, white sand, tropical palms, island breezes and diverse and colorful sea life. While this isn’t the city center, if you love the beach, you’ve hit the Caribbean jackpot – Smuggler’s Cove boasts some of the best views of the horizon in all of Tortola.
Apple Bay Beach
If you’re a surfer at heart, the waves off the white, sandy shores of Apple Bay Beach are where you need to be. While you’re there, head to the water’s edge and grab a drink at Bomba’s Surfside Shack; a classic area bar known for its famous full moon parties and tasty, but dangerous, “Bomba’s Punch.”
Brewers Bay Beach
Touted as one of the best places to snorkel in the British Virgin Islands, an archipelago that already boasts some of the most beautiful waters from around the world, Brewers Bay Beach is a spot not to be missed while on your yacht charter in the BVI. Dotted with romantic couples strolling along the shore, this more northern beach – just a stone’s throw away from Cane Garden Bay – offers the perfect combination of serenity and status.
Josiah’s Bay Beach
For a more quiet Caribbean escape, let your troubles float away as you wade through the crystal blue waters along the beautiful Josiah’s Bay Beach. Located on the north end of the island, just below Buta Mountain, this buried treasure is home to all the natural wonders the island has to offer.